Highlights of a Moscow to St Petersburg river cruise
Russia’s capital is a bustling metropolis with numerous famous landmarks. These include Red Square, the Bolshoi Theatre, St Basil’s Cathedral, Tverskaya Street, the Kremlin and Armoury Museum, the famous GUM department store and Lenin’s Tomb.
Although Uglich is one of Russia's Golden Ring cities, it is a town well away from the tourist trail. Its key sights are the Church of St Dimitri, built where Ivan the Terrible's son Dmitry was found dead, and Uglich's kremlin which contains Spaso-Preobrazhenski Cathedral. There is also a Vodka Musuem where tastings are included in the entry fee.
Yaroslavl is one of Russia's historic Golden Ring cities, and one of the most beautiful. From the historical centre, Svobody Street leads to the ancient walls of Spassky monastery, and close to the Volga River is the Church of Elia the Prophet which is famous for its wonderful frescoes. Yaroslavl is also the site of Russia's oldest theatre, the Volkov, built in 1750.
In this small, remote Russian village, the locals use their gardens and community plots to grow their own vegetables. Tours may include a visit to a private house for an introduction to local traditions, or to the Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery, founded in the 14th century beside the Sheksna River, where there is a cathedral and numerous small wooden chapels.
Kizhi Island (Russia)
Kizhi is one of over a thousand islands in Lake Onega and is the largest open-air museum in Russia. There are dozens of remarkable wooden buildings to see, constructed without nails. Some are local to the island and others were moved to Kizhi in the 1950s. The famous three-tiered Preobranzhenskaya (Transfiguration) Church has 32 domes.
St Petersburg (Russia)
St Petersburg was built on a monumental scale by Peter the Great as Russia's access to the west. See the remarkable Hermitage Museum based in the Winter Palace, vast Palace Square, St Isaac's Cathedral, Marinsky Theatre, Peter and Paul Fortress, and Nevsky Prospekt. Outside the city is Peterhof Palace on the Gulf of Finland, noted for its water fountains, and Catherine's Palace at Pushkin.
Please note that different itineraries may visit some or all of the places mentioned above